Thursday, December 16, 2010

Tzu-kung asked about government. The Master said, “Sufficient food, sufficient weapons, and the confidence of the common people.” Tzu-kung said, “Suppose you were forced to dispense with one of these three, which would you forgo?” The Master said, “Weapons.” Tzu-kung said, “Suppose you were forced to dispense with one of the two that were left, which would you forgo?” The Master said, “Food. For…death has been the lot of all men, but a people that no longer trusts its rulers is lost indeed.”
--Confucius, Analects
The single most powerful statement to come out of brain research…is this:
“We are as different from one another on the inside of our heads as we appear to be different on the outside of our heads.”
--Robert Fulghum, It Was On Fire When I Lay Down On It
Is my occupation what I get paid money for, or is it something larger and wider and richer—a matter of who I am or how I think about myself. Making a living and having a life are not the same thing. Making a living and making a life that’s worthwhile are not the same thing. Living the good life and living a good life are not the same thing. A job title doesn’t even come close to answering the question, “What do you do?”
--Robert Fulghum, It Was On Fire When I Lay Down On It

Sunday, September 05, 2010

I think I feel things far too much, not all of the time, but when I do it’s like traveling through space at the speed of light and it hits hard enough to bruise. When I love a person or a place or a thing I just can’t do it in small amounts, I love whatever it is so much that I feel like I could spontaneously combust. Starbursts in my head, raw nerves in my heart, electricity in my stomach. It’s desperate and sad and heartbreaking and it’s there. It’s the difference between thinking and feeling, and it is fiercer than a lion.